Thursday 18 April 2013

Channa Masala | Chole Masala

Chana masala, also known as chole masala is a popular Punjabi dish prepared with Kabuli channa (also called chickpeas, chole or garbanzo beans).  It is generally served with bhatura, but it tastes divine with rotis and pooris too.

Every family has its own version of channa masala.  Here is mine..

channa masala, chole masala



  • Channa (white) - 1 cup
  • Onion - 2
  • Tomato - 1 medium size, cut into fine pieces
  • Green chilli - 2
  • Ginger - 1-inch piece
  • Garlic - 3
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder -1 tsp
  • Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Channa masala Powder -1 tsp (any ready made powder available)
  • Salt - As required
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

For a detailed step-by-step recipe, check my Chana Masala Recipe Video:

How To Prepare Channa/Chole Masala:

  • Soak channa overnight.  Wash and pressure cook the channa with a little bit of salt for 3-4 whistles.
  • Slice one onion into thin long pieces and grind the second onion to a fine paste.
  • Grind or grate the ginger and garlic to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add onion paste and saute till it turns light brown.

  • Add sliced onion pieces and green chillies and fry till the onions turn light brown.

  • Add tomato pieces and mix well and cook till they turn mushy.

  • Add ginger-garlic paste and all the spice powders - turmeric, coriander powder, chilli powder, channa masala powder, salt and mix well and cook till the oil separates.

  • Now add the cooked channa and mix well.

  •   Then add 1 cup of water and cook on medium flame till everything blends well

  • Once the water reduces and you get a thick gravy, remove from fire.
Channa masala, Chole masala

  • Channa masala is now ready to serve with bhatura, poori/luchi or roti.

channa masala, chole masala


Gajus kitchen said...

Channa masala looks delicious and the last click with onion rings

divyagcp said...

Delicious channa masala.. Nicely presented.

Home Cooked food said...

its been a while since i made chole. looks so good i have to make it soon.

Unknown said...

this is my fav to go with puri's....
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Unknown said...

lovely & tempting recipe..nice clicks

Sweet'n'Savoury said...

Such an all time fav recipe..loved the detailed description

Merry Tummy said...

looks yummy huh!...thanks for stopping by:)

Julie said...

so tempting masala,yummy!!

Nilu A said...

Wonderful recipe Hima.. Your step by step instructions have made me hungry :-)

Unknown said...

very clear presentation.. perfect with poori..

divya said...

Looks amazing ! Healthy one too...

AJ said...

Yumm, perfect with pooris!

foodgalleri said...

Thank you all for your appreciation.. Means a lot to me :)

Nava K said...

I have been looking out for such a recipe and here comes yours which I am bookmarking right now. Looks fabulous and I will certainly not regret trying out the recipe.

Anonymous said...

very nice!

shobha's Zayaka said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!chana masala .My favourite. looks mouthwatering & delicious.
Very nice presentation.

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